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Diet & Nutrition

Healthy Restaurant Eating for Diabetics

Most people know what the rules of healthy eating are. But it can be hard to stick with them, especially when you’re out at a restaurant with friends. And for diabetes patients, it’s crucial to do so, because healthy eating is essential for the management of diabetes. Here, from the experts at Harvard Medical School, are some strategies for eating smart away from home:

Ask how entrees are prepared, the Harvard experts say. Steer clear of fried foods or dishes in heavy sauces or gravies.

Pick skinless chicken, fish or lean meat. It should be broiled, poached, baked, or grilled.

As your server to help you select healthy meals, the Harvard experts say. Restaurants are used to dealing with special diets.

You don’t have to eat everything in front of you. The experts suggest having a reasonable portion. Take the rest home.

Choose steamed vegetables and salads to accompany your meals.

Request low-calorie dressings and toppings, and if they’re not available, ask for all dressings, butter, and sauces to be served on the side so you can use them sparingly.

If you take insulin and you know your meal will be delayed, the experts say, be sure time your injection appropriately. You may need to eat a roll or piece of fruit to tide you over.

Have some dessert if you want, but split it with another diner.

For more tips and strategies for living well with diabetes, buy Diabetes: A plan for healthy living, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.  Click here to order.